Jasper wins final Big Eight Conference title

Jackson Kabrick

From Herald Staff Reports

PRINCETON — Jasper is leaving the Big Eight Conference in style, walking out of Princeton Tuesday as the final conference champions ever with a 39-36 win.

The Wildcats (15-5, 4-1) won their third consecutive game on Tuesday, facing the Tigers in a winner-take-all scenario. Jasper trailed Princeton, 11-7, after the first quarter, but began to make waves in the second quarter in this low-scoring affair. The Wildcats posted 13 points each in the second and third quarters. The Tigers outscoring them 11-6, in the final quarter was not enough to overtake Jasper. The Tigers shot a higher percentage from the free throw line, but the Wildcats held many other advantages. They outrebounded the Tigers, garnered more assists, more steals, had one less turnover, committed two less fouls. Jasper also significantly outnumbered Princeton in bench points, 16-4, and second chance points, 10-0.

Jasper spread the basketball around on Tuesday. Not one player scored double digits as nine different players got on the score sheet. Senior Jackson Kabrick led the way with nine points for the Wildcats. This was their final game in the Big Eight Conference, as it is dissolving and Jasper will be rejoining the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference beginning in the 2020-21 season. They also made history Feb. 14 with their first win ever against Castle, a 75-73 victory in overtime.

The Wildcats can end the season on a five-game win streak. They’ll be back Friday to pay a visit to Pike Central, hoping to hand the 1-16 Chargers their 11th consecutive loss. The regular season wraps up Feb. 27 at North Daviess.




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